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Glam Vintage

Krista & Uryah had a 1920s style wedding in Snohomish, WA. As a professional seamstress, Krista  planned and DIY’d the majority of wedding herself. I have a whole lot of love for this set - her shoes, her back lace umbrella, the cigarette holders – classy and wonderful!

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Glam Rock

Aww pretty pretty sparkle dress! Faith sure looks rock n roll glam on her wedding day back in April! It’s not only the dress that I love - her faux tats are super cute and the peacock feathers instead of a traditional floral bouquet are of course stunning. Her one of a kind, custom dress was designed and made by Marelize from Gingered in South Africa. The gown was based on Jenny Packham’s Papillon dress, but being in South Africa getting hold of the origianl proved too difficult so Faith decided to get her own version made. Marelize even spent over 45 hours hand sewing on all the beads on the bodice – wow…Glam rock on!

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This is Summer

I posted a sneaky peak of this gorgeous wedding on both my Twitter and Facebook fan page a few days ago and have been simply dying to sharing more photographs and details of the whole shebang with you ever since! I am loving Steve’s sharp Lord Willy’s suit, Becca’s adorable Priscilla of Boston dress… and isn’t her bouquet one of the most amazing you’ve ever seen!?

Steve & Becca wanted a decidedly summery wedding and opted for Ash Mill Farm in New Hope PA for it’s gorgeous location and little personal quirks! (check out the animal photographs below – the one with the sheep may be one of my favourite wedding  photographs ever!) The couple explained:

‘The animals on site added a really great energy to the event and there are so many small points of interest and areas to explore.  And to top it all off the grounds are gorgeous and the owners are extremely accommodating and pleasant.  We were really in love with the idea of having a small group of family and friends on the premises at the inn for the entire weekend too.’

They also really wanted to stick to their roots and so sourced honest, regional produce for their food and decor:

‘We’re both into food and wanted to showcase local summer produce, so peaches, corn, tomatoes, etc were a given.  We also wanted it to have a bbq feel so we set up to have some grilling and other really simple preparations to really highlight the ingredients, and to serve most things family style to keep it casual. We got the artichoke flowers from a local farmer who to our knowledge is the only person on the east coast that grows them commercially.  They’re so striking visually and have an intoxicating smell, we thought they would be really dramatic and fun to coordinate colour-scheme wise, and they made sense in regards to the local produce connection.’

All the details such as the invitations, place cards and centrepieces were handmade by the couple with help from their closest friends and family:

‘The menus were printed specifically for each table with a vintage artichoke illustration as well as a vintage illustration that corresponded to the table assignment and centerpiece.  Each centepiece (bonsai tree – grown by Becca’s Uncle Barry) was adorned with a cutout or paper model of the animal or insect, and place cards (also printed at home on flashy 1960s patterns) were hung on twine between two trees with clothes pins and had the appropriate animal/insect stamped alongside the guests names. Favor cards were printed on the same patterns and left at each setting and asked the guests to take some pictures for themselves at the photobooth and to leave one for us.  We made the programs at home and designed them as fans, with 6 sheets detailing the event, and left them on each chair for the ceremony.  We wrote a care manual for the bonsai trees and taped one to the bottom of a chair at each table, and announced at the end of dinner that whoever had the card under their chair got to take the tree home.  The aisle was lined with paper flowers that we made from a craft kit.  The cake topper was made by becca and shows two birds kissing (hand felted by Becca) under a trellis with a sign saying “true love”.  We got the cake from whole foods and decorated it with wild flowers and the cake topper.  The invitations were also printed at home and had vintage-style knot drawings designed by Becca . We asked friends and family to make us something instead of giving us gifts.

I have to say it has been an absolute pleasure to share this wedding with you all. Thank to you much to Amanda & Carina of Love Me Do for sending over the images and to Steve & Becca for providing all the info. Mwwwwah!

Credit: Love Me Do Photography

The Wedding Of The Year

I am not the most patient of people so when photographer David McNeil told me about Caroline & Callum’s upcoming wedding at the beginning of this year I was already dying to see the results. The couple not only found David through Rock n Roll Bride but Caroline proceeded to tease me with regular email updates on their wedding planning gorgeousness – from her amazing David Fielden dress to her perfect Vivienne Westwood shoes (I loved them so much I even attempted to make my own Rock n Roll Bride version!)

The couple got married in May and did a fantastic job DIYing pretty much everything! Caroline collected a gazillion (I’m pretty sure it was that exact number) empty bottles for all the venue flowers and centrepieces. The couple hit a flower market at 4am the day before the wedding to collect all the blooms and make the bouquets and boutonnieres on the morning whilst simultaneously folding the 17-fold accordion-style wedding booklet – phew! Inside the booklet was the order of service and info about the wedding as well as a secret section (which guests were invited to find after the ceremony) containing bowing score cards (the couple had bowing at their reception and started with a ‘first bowl’ instead of a first dance!) a frame to use in the photo booth (booth supplied by Boothbox) and a mini history of the venue – Shoreditch House.

The table runners were all Ikea fabrics, painlessly sewed by Caroline’s Mum and a friend, which looked fantastic set up with the red flowers, ‘Hello My Name is…’ place card/stickers and all the different types of bottle ‘vases’.

Caroline even made her Bridesmaid’s dress herself (you may remember she also made her own gorgeous yellow dress for their engagement shoot.)

Instead of a cake, the couple had baked 3 different types of cookies and set up a tin bucket, glasses of milk and red & white striped paper ‘party bags’ to go with it. Caroline’s brother also made them a surprise cake topper – the pair on a surf board with Caroline in her dress!

Phew – what a lot of gorgeous details huh? Well I’ve saved the best for last – just read this and weep!

So C bought my engagement ring from a pretty swanky and well known jewellers (that’s not why he went there, it was where the nicest ring was and the lady, as you’ll see, has been super helpful!)

Since then we have been in and met up with the same lady, who is the manager there, a few times… to get E ring resized, to choose my wedding ring and then again to choose C’s. So, we have spent a fair amount of cash in there, but NOTHING compared to others there (overheard 2 sales there previously, one for a £32,000 watch, and the other some jewellery to the tune of £160,000!)

WELL! Every time we go in we stay ages, drink champers and chat with her as she is our age and comes from similar part of the world as us, is just married, doing up a house too etc etc…basically genuinely get on. So, we go to look at rings and talk pets I sneakily show her a pic of my shoes which she shows the other girl in the store too and we all swoon. THEN, she says…
“Listen, you’ll have to come in a bit closer to the wedding a show me what your dress looks like”

Me: ‘Absolutely!”

Her: “And we’ll have to pick out something together for us to lend you for the day as your ‘something borrowed’”

UHHHHH queue shocked silence…did she really mean what I think she meant? Cos as far as I knew only royals and celebs ‘borrow’ jewellery!

BUT YES! She said it again when we went in to get C’s ring and so I can pick some FAB jewels to ‘borrow’ for our wedding! My dress has too much going on already to have a necklace… but I think a fab pair of earrings wouldn’t go astray huh!?!

UM, WOW!? I just believe it! My mom jokes that I’ll be walking down the aisle with Dad on one side and a big security guard on the other!

So, yeah, a few weeks before the wedding I went in and together she and I chose an amazing pair of earrings that would work perfectly with the lace on my dress but not be too much for the whole ensemble!  I thought I saw the price (she never showed me any prices, just kept bringing more pairs over) and thought it was £10k…wow.  THEN Cal went to pick them up the week of the wedding and saw the price for real (again, wasn’t told it, we were told they were insured and when I was a bit nervous was told just to be careful as you would be of any jewellery!)… uh yeah, £25,000 something borrowed!!

Thanks to photographer David and the gorgeous couple Caroline & Callum for sharing their amazing wedding story with us!

ps Yes – again, a million images – but it’s worth the scrolling to see all of these!

Credit: David McNeil Photography

Detail Perfect

Wow I have a lot (and I mean a hell of a lot!) of wedding awesomeness to share today. I almost don’t know where to start!

With a couple that are both artists (her an Etsy Seller - Drink & Dream; him a musician) I wouldn’t expect anything less than a detail-perfect wedding. Photographer Kella described these personal touches to me:

there were canvas welcome bags with the i love nj logo, hand embroidered {by addie} handkerchiefs for her mom and grandfather, a personalized cake topper of the couple and their boston terrier bonnie, delicious shortbread cookies, really fun signage, vintage inspired pendants hanging around the ceremony, and my favorite a gallery style of photos on the wall at the reception featuring family weddings pics! the list goes on and on, but these were my faves! addie wore a glamorous + vintage inspired satin dress from Jenny Packham with, very cool round metallic shoes, lots of sparkly jewelry and sean wore a toffee and orange pinstriped suit with suspenders {loved, loved their overall vintage vibe!}

Thanks for sharing Kella!

Credit: Kella MacPhee Wedding Photography

Cyclops Wedding

Katrina & Derek Irish Pub wedding took place in Boston on the 8th of August. For me, this wedding is amazing because of all the personal touches and details – from the cyclops cake topper to Katrina’s awesome monochrome multi-layered dress (from Second Time Around on Newbury St. in Boston) and the DIY ‘flowers’ set in empty beer bottles, this wedding is definitely one worthy of Rock n Roll status!

Thanks Dennis!

Credit: Dennis Pike Photography